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Engineering Aspirants Struggle to Adapt With New JEE Format

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Students preparing for the new common engineering test scheduled for 2013, find themselves struggling to adjust to the new format, under which the earlier neglected Board exams are now being given 40% weightage. Also JEE has now to become a sole gateway to the Engineering programs in NITs and IITs, for which the students who already have started preparing since last year are now required to change the strategy all of a sudden due to change in the pattern.

The students who started preparing for the 2013 exam in the old pattern from 2011, have been putting the Board exam studies on back burner while laying total stress on cracking the entrance exam, and find themselves at receiving end as there is not enough time left, they feel, to change the gears suddenly. Parents too are a worried lot as they apprehend the changes will jeopardize their wards’ chances in JEE in 2013. The parents have expressed concern over the approach of the Govt. in handling this issue. “The government has turned every child who will appear for Std XII next year into guinea pigs for its academic experiment,” the parents opined.

However, some of the teachers have rejected this claim, saying the students who top the popular AIEEE too, score an average of 75%-85% in their Board exams, which gives an indication where their focus is. But the teachers also agreed that rural students would lose out in a big way, since they don’t have privilege of access to good tutors who would help them with their preparations with respect to the new pattern. “It is certainly going to be an uphill task for the rural folks,” the teachers said.

Meanwhile Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal will meet state education ministers on June 5 to further discuss the implementation of JEE.

Source : Newspaper Reports

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